If the negotiations go through successfully, Elgort will be acting under the direction of Rob Letterman, who is helming the movie for Warner Bros. Initially, production was set to start when the project was first announced in 2013, but legal disputes between the studio and rights-holder Hasbro led to major delays that have been overcome only recently:
Dungeons and Dragons, the quintessential role playing game, first became popular in 1974, and since then has amassed millions of players and fans worldwide. The hugely popular property has also influenced numerous writers, directors, game designers, and other creative professionals throughout its four decades. The feature was first announced in 2013 wherein a rights-dispute began between the studio and Hasbro (parent company of publisher Wizards of the Coast), but the issues were resolved last year and the film remains in-development.
First adapted for the small screen as an animated television series in 1983, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson’s iconic role playing was turned into a feature film in 2000 with a live-action version directed by Courtney Solomon. That Dungeons and Dragons movie was neither a critical nor financial success, but it did lead to a telefilm sequel with 2005’s Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God and a direct-to-DVD followup with Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness in 2012.
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